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ThatKellieGirl at Africa Underground at the National Museum of African Art

Hey Good People! 🙂

So the last two weekends have been fun-filled with art and culture.   This past Friday, I attended the third installment of Africa Underground.  I missed the first two installments, but this one did not disappoint.  There was food, music and dancing all night long.  I however was really excited about the fashion shows showcasing designers Korto Momolou (Project Runway Season 5) and Cote Minou who bring a modern, African aesthetic to fashion.  For more pictures of the show, click here and here.

Africa Underground: Fashions from Cote Minou

The weekend before, I had the opportunity to participate in Art All Night.  It felt like a scavenger hunt to view as many fabulous pieces of art before the clock struck 3AM!  Art All Night debuted this year in the Chinatown/Gallery Place and Shaw neighborhoods.  The art community re-imagined public and private space,  indoor and outdoor venues to showcase work by artists in a diverse range of media – with vibrant visual arts, street performances, live music, and DJs.

ThatKellieGirl and Dana Greaves of Artaya

For me, the two highlights of the evening were the Artaya fashion show and the Demont “Peekaso” Pinder exhibit at Lamont Bishop Gallery.

Dana Greaves is the up and coming, talented designer of Artaya.  Artaya is a collection of apparel and accessories with the goal of dressing women that  Dana defines as a ‘Bohemian Boss’.  Dana draws influence from design elements found in China, western and southern Africa, and the Caribbean resulting in a modern aesthetic that is peppered with print, texture, and multicultural notes.

You also must check out Demont Peekaso’s exhibit.  Usually sharing the limelight with Raheem DeVaughn, Demont and his art takes center stage in this exhibit.  The exhibit is bright, colorful, warm and fun.  It truly provides a glimpse into the mind of this artist.  This self-taught artist is famous for creating masterpieces for many celebrities and movers and shakers, including President George W. Bush, Patti Labelle, Anthony Hamilton, Eric Robeson, Russel Simmons and many more.

Make sure to check out these events and artists.

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